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Re: Writing large [x,x,x,x] files

Craig Markwardt wrote:
> [...]
> I'll chime in.
> Astronomy folks use FITS for data exchange, but other people can too.
> I know that a lot of people complain that FITS is archaic but it's
> pretty effective, [...]

Oh let me advocate GRIB, a format commonly used by meteorological
agencies (and established as standard by the WMO). It's archaic, it
has a complicated user interface, but it is effective in packing data.
And, most wonderful of all: if you would go for it, we would finally
get a nice interface to read and write GRIB files from IDL ;-) 
[without call_external, i.e.]



PS: The fact that there are no GRIB utilities available in any library
that I know of shows that not too many met people are using IDL. Or is
everyone happy with the wgrib solution??

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